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Actor Gavin MacLeod (1931-2021)


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Gavin MacLeod, a sitcom veteran who played seaman “Happy” Haines on “McHale’s Navy,” Murray on “Mary Tyler Moore” and the very different, vaguely patrician Captain Stubing on “The Love Boat,” has died. He was 90.

MacLeod’s nephew, Mark See, confirmed his death to Variety. MacLeod died in the early morning on May 29. No cause of death was given, but MacLeod’s health had declined in recent months.

MacLeod played a relatively minor character on ABC hit “McHale’s Navy,” starring Ernest Borgnine, but as newswriter Murray Slaughter, he was certainly one of the stars of “Mary Tyler Moore,” appearing in every one of the classic comedy’s 168 episodes during its 1970-77 run on CBS. Murray was married to Marie (Joyce Bulifant) but was in love with Moore’s Mary Richards. His desk was right next to Mary’s in the WGN newsroom, so MacLeod was frequently in the shot during the sitcom, and Murray, like all the other characters, was richly developed — a hallmark of MTM shows.

MacLeod originally tried out for the part of Lou Grant, which went to Ed Asner, but claimed to be happy that he ended up playing Murray. He also auditioned for the role of Archie Bunker on “All in the Family,” but of reading the script for the first time, he wrote in his memoir, “Immediately I thought, This is not the script for me. The character is too much of a bigot. I can’t say these things.” When Norman Lear called the actor to say that Carroll O’Connor had gotten the part, MacLeod was relieved.

The “Moore” cast — MacLeod, Asner, Valerie Harper, Cloris Leachman, Betty White and Georgia Engel (Ted Knight had died in 1986) — reminisced with Moore in 2002 on CBS’ “The Mary Tyler Moore Reunion.”

MacLeod had the great fortune to roll right from one hit show to another in 1977, when “Moore” ended and ABC’s “The Love Boat” began. The hourlong romantic comedy set on a cruise ship ran for 10 years. The actor’s Captain Stubing was known for his signature salute. Even after the end of the voyage in 1987, the actor returned for telepic “The Love Boat: A Valentine Voyage” in 1990 and for the “Reunion” episode of rebooted series “Love Boat: The Next Wave” in 1998.

MacLeod may, indeed, hold a record for consecutive long-running series: He went straight from “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” (168 episodes) to “The Love Boat” (249 episodes).

The New York Times said in 2010: “Perhaps no actor has embraced a signature role the way Mr. MacLeod has with Captain Stubing. Since ‘The Love Boat’ went off the air, he has been a spokesman for Princess Cruises.”

In 1997, the actor joined the rest of “The Love Boat” cast on “Oprah” in what was the first full cast appearance since the show was cancelled. Another cast reunion occurred in 2013 on “The Talk.”

MacLeod was born Allan George See in Mount Kisco, N.Y. His mother worked for Reader’s Digest, while his father was an electrician who was part Chippewa. He grew up in Pleasantville, N.Y., and went to Ithaca College, where he studied acting and graduated in 1952. After serving in the U.S. Air Force, he moved to New York City and worked at Radio City Music Hall as an usher and elevator operator while seeking work as an actor. During this time he changed his name.

After a few uncredited film roles, MacLeod made his credited bigscreen debut in the 1958 Susan Hayward vehicle “I Want to Live,” playing a police lieutenant, then played a G.I. in Gregory Peck starrer “Pork Chop Hill” the next year. His supporting role in Blake Edwards’ WWII comedy “Operation Petticoat,” starring Cary Grant and Tony Curtis and focusing on the chaotic goings on aboard a submarine, gave the young actor a flavor of what he would be doing a few years later on “McHale’s Navy.” In the meantime he appeared in the 1960 thriller “Twelve Hours to Kill,” which starred future “I Dream of Jeannie” star Barbara Eden; Blake Edwards’ musical comedy “High Time,” starring Bing Crosby and Fabian; and the critically hailed but now forgotten Korean War film “War Hunt.” He also did a boatload of guest appearances on TV before his stint on “McHale’s Navy.”

MacLeod left “McHale’s Navy” in order to be able to appear in a supporting role in the excellent period adventure film “The Sand Pebbles,” starring Steve McQueen, and he appeared in a number of other films throughout the decade: “A Man Called Gannon” and Blake Edwards’ Peter Sellers comedy “The Party” in 1968; “The Thousand Plane Raid,” “The Comic” and “The Intruders” in 1969; and, in 1970, the World War II caper film “Kelly’s Heroes,” in which he played Moriarty, Oddball’s machine-gunner and mechanic.

In the meantime he was guesting on both dramas (“Perry Mason,” “Ben Casey,” “Ironside,” “Hawaii Five-O,” “The Big Valley”) and comedies (“The Andy Griffith Show,” “My Favorite Martian,” “Hogan’s Heroes”). In December 1961, he guested on “The Dick Van Dyke Show” in what was his first time working with Mary Tyler Moore.

After his years on “Mary Tyler Moore” and “The Love Boat,” MacLeod did not work on a steady basis — he did not have to.

He made an impression, however, in a 2000 episode of HBO prison drama “Oz” in which he played the Roman Catholic Cardinal Frances Abgott, with whom Rita Moreno’s nun Sister Pete discusses leaving the order. The actor had assumed a certain gravitas as Captain Stubing, even amid the silliness of “The Love Boat,” that made this role possible in a way that it couldn’t have been before.

In the 2000s MacLeod also guested on series including “The King of Queens,” “JAG,” “Touched by an Angel” and “That ’70s Show.”

MacLeod, who had appeared on Broadway in 1962 in “The Captains and the Kings,” also returned to stage work after “The Love Boat.” He toured with Michael Learned of “The Waltons” in A.R. Gurney’s “Love Letters,” and he appeared in musicals such as “Gigi” and “Copacabana” between 1997 and 2003. At a concert in 2008, he conducted the Colorado Symphony in Denver.

During the mid-1980s, MacLeod and his second wife became Evangelical Christians, and the pair credited the religion for reuniting them. He wrote about it in his 1987 book “Back on Course, the Remarkable Story of a Divorce That Ended in Remarriage.” He and wife Patti appeared in the Christian bigscreen time-travel epic “Time Changer,” along with Hal Linden, in 2002, and he played the title role in the 2008 Christian film “The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry.”

His memoir “This Is Your Captain Speaking: My Fantastic Voyage Through Hollywood, Faith & Life,” was published in 2013.

MacLeod was first married, from 1955-1972, to Joan Devore, with whom he had two sons and two daughters.

He married actress Patti Kendig in 1974. They divorced in 1982 but remarried in 1985.

He is survived by Patti and the four children by Devore.

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Gavin did a nice interview with the Television Academy Foundation in 2003.

https://interviews.televisionacademy.com/interviews/gavin-macleod

In his three-hour Archive interview, Gavin MacLeod talks about changing his name from Allan See to Gavin MacLeod and his early years as an actor in theater, movies and as a guest on such television series as Peter Gunn and The Untouchables. He discusses his appearance as a regular on McHale's Navy and how despite playing the character of "Happy Haines," it was an unhappy period in his life where he experienced a bout with alcoholism. He speaks earnestly about inspiring others to overcome such obstacles and describes his own career resurgence after appearing in Robert Wise's "The Sand Pebbles" and as a notable recurring character on Hawaii Five-O. MacLeod then details the roles on the two series for which he is best remembered and most beloved, playing "Murray Slaughter" on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and "Captain Merrill Stubing" on The Love Boat. Regardng both series, he talks about how he was cast, his thoughts on the other regulars and the series creators and reminisces about memorable series episodes. He also mentions his recent talk show series Back on Course: A Ministry for Marriages, a series on the Trinity Broadcasting Network that he co-hosted with his wife Patti. Karen Herman conducted the interview on January 3, 2003 in Santa Monica, CA.

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21 hours ago, MikaelaArsenault said:

In December 1961, he guested on “The Dick Van Dyke Show” in what was his first time working with Mary Tyler Moore.

Although McLeod and Moore share no screen time together in it, in one of my favorite episodes of the TDVDS titled 'Empress Carlotta's Necklace', he played a fast-talking salesman who sells Rob one of the gaudiest pieces of jewelry you'll ever see but which Rob thinks Laura will really love.

Sorry to hear of his passing. The equally as great The Mary Tyler Moore Show wouldn't have been the same or as great without MacLeod playing the Murray Slaughter character.

(...R.I.P.)

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This is sad. Everyone from my second favorite show have been passing away at such a quick rate. Murray was one of my favorite characters on MTM. I loved how much of a friend he was to Mary, despite having a huge crush on her. And I love how at the same time, he was so devoted to his wife, Marie—even if he at times felt that his life wasn’t as exciting as he’d envisioned. I loved how complex Murray was. He wasn’t just Mary’s dopey co-worker who had a crush on her while hurling insults at Ted. 
 

I just saw Gavin as a police sergeant interrogating Susan Hayward in “I Want to Live!” 

Looks like another re-watch of MTM is in store.

RIP, Mr McLeod. Thank you. 

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After Love Boat, he dropped out to become one of a number of celebrities (like Fred "Rerun" Berry and the Harlem Globetrotters' Meadowlark Lemon) who found a second gig in 80's televangelism, but I didn't know what happened to MacLeod after that.  Playing the priest on Oz was a surprise.

33 minutes ago, Dargo said:

Sorry to hear of his passing. The equally as great The Mary Tyler Moore Show wouldn't have been the same or as great without MacLeod playing the Murray Slaughter character.

And as the name suggests, Murray was originally envisioned to be a nasty wisecracking co-worker to Mary Richards, but...he soon swooned over her like everyone else in the office.   🥰

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6 minutes ago, Allhallowsday said:

I saw these episodes at METV reruns a year or two ago.  I was excited to recognize the man! 

He also has a fun guest-starring role on The Andy Griffith Show.

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2 hours ago, TopBilled said:

He also has a fun guest-starring role on The Andy Griffith Show.

Now that show I've been devoted to my whole life!      ^ ED ASNER is heartbroken too.  Thx Mr6666. 

 

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20 minutes ago, NipkowDisc said:

doan forget he was Big Chicken a nemesis of McGarrett in two eps of Hawaii Five-O

I even watch a bit of The Love Boat each Sunday evenings for GAVIN MacLEOD and the guest stars...

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2 hours ago, TopBilled said:

He also has a fun guest-starring role on The Andy Griffith Show.

As I recall, he was a "bad guy" in that episode.  Kind of interesting to see him in that sort of role, since in his two big shows he was always the nice guy.  Though Murray Slaughter had a couple of faults they explored (contemplated an affair, had a gambling problem), overall the scale tipped way over to the good...

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11 minutes ago, Allhallowsday said:

I even watch a bit of The Love Boat each Sunday evenings for GAVIN MacLEOD and the guest stars...

After a Crackle binge of "Fantasy Island", I tried to rewatch a bit of Saturday-night-nostalgia Love Boat on PlutoTV's 24/7 broadcast-streaming channel, and...found I couldn't.  What was I thinking?  😞

However, the bit of Love Boat and Captain Stubing I did absorb into my childhood on its first run installed a curiosity about cruising that I now enjoy to this day.  I even tried looking up what Princess Cruises' Pacific Princess ship is still doing, and saw the cruise website advertise it with "Why not try a smaller ship for your cruise vacation?"  Ruin my childhood some more, why don'tcha.

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Saddened by the news. Loved him as Murray of course and his cracking those jokes that annoyed Mary in the episode where Chuckles the Clown died were hilarious.  I also liked the MTM episode where he wanted to buy a piano from a divorcée but didn't tell her he was married. Anyway, also glad that someone posted his 5-0 role which was equally good too. 

 

RIP.

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17 hours ago, Dargo said:

Although McLeod and Moore share no screen time together in it, in one of my favorite episodes of the TDVDS titled 'Empress Carlotta's Necklace', he played a fast-talking salesman who sells Rob one of the gawdiest pieces of jewelry you'll ever see but which Rob thinks Laura will really love.

Sorry to hear of his passing. The equally as great The Mary Tyler Moore Show wouldn't have been the same or as great without MacLeod playing the Murray Slaughter character.

(...R.I.P.)

Gavin McLeod was great in this Dick Van Dyke episode and in MTM. So sad that my favorite television stars are slipping away.

BTW, I like how the necklace ends up being a gift to Rob's mother, who just loves it.

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14 hours ago, EricJ said:

I even tried looking up what Princess Cruises' Pacific Princess ship is still doing, and saw the cruise website advertise it with "Why not try a smaller ship for your cruise vacation?"  Ruin my childhood some more, why don'tcha.

The Pacific Princess used in the show (along with some others) could carry 600 passengers and was scrapped in 2013.  The current Pacific Princess could carry 1,500 passengers, tiny compared to the mega-ships these days carrying more than 5,000 peeps.  The current Pacific Princess was sold to Azamara Cruise Line this past January and likely will be renamed.

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17 hours ago, TopBilled said:

He also has a fun guest-starring role on The Andy Griffith Show.

I also caught him in a couple PERRY MASON episodes, and an interesting role in a rerun of RAWHIDE.  

And after his stint in OPERATION PETTICOAT , the two McHALE'S NAVY flicks, then THE SAND PEBBLES, I wondered how he felt about being back on the water in THE LOVE BOAT after being on dry land with  THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW.  ;) 

He could be lovably funny and frighteningly evil with equal aplomb. Had more range than many gave him credit for.  His passing is a loss.

Rest In Peace, dear sir.

Sepiatone

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3 hours ago, Sepiatone said:

I also caught him in a couple PERRY MASON episodes, and an interesting role in a rerun of RAWHIDE.  

And after his stint in OPERATION PETTICOAT , the two McHALE'S NAVY flicks, then THE SAND PEBBLES, I wondered how he felt about being back on the water in THE LOVE BOAT after being on dry land with  THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW.  ;) 

He could be lovably funny and frighteningly evil with equal aplomb. Had more range than many gave him credit for.  His passing is a loss.

Rest In Peace, dear sir.

Sepiatone

Yes, incredibly versatile. A consummate character actor who became a lead star on television.

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20 hours ago, Phil Packer said:

Saddened by the news. Loved him as Murray of course and his cracking those jokes that annoyed Mary in the episode where Chuckles the Clown died were hilarious.  I also liked the MTM episode where he wanted to buy a piano from a divorcée but didn't tell her he was married. Anyway, also glad that someone posted his 5-0 role which was equally good too. 

Although for me, second to the Chuckles episode is the MTM episode where Ted needs Murray to ghostwrite an appearance speech for him, and they agree to a temporary insult-truce.  Which Ted proceeds to torture Murray with for the rest of the week:  "I've got half a mind to go read a book... 😈  "  

Finally, when he says "I've got to work memorizing my address," Mary walks by with "Good, then you can work on your telephone number."  Murray looks at Mary with sheer gratitude.  🤗

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I used to watch The Love Boat in its first run in the 70s and maybe a bit in the early 80s.  That was a memorable show.  Not great writing, but it never pretended to be.  It was all about meeting people and exploring, and we met plenty of stars.

Back a ways, at an undisclosed point in time for the sake of these public message boards, I had cancer myself.  I was scheduled for a life-saving operation.  I stayed there the night before.   I had my laptop and Netflix (in its infancy - using someone else's account) in the hospital.  This was the first time I had ever tried it.  What did I want to see?  Out of the choices, it quickly became clear - I wanted to watch some old episodes of Love Boat to reminisce.  That was very nice to have at the time.  Anyhow these days I am doing well and will be watching some episodes on Pluto TV to remember.

RIP, Captain (as I knew Gavin MacLeod) 

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Will always remember him in one of his early roles as Crosley, who manned the machine gun in Sand Pebbles, along with Steve McQueen.   Quite a different - and heavier - role than what he played in future comedies like The Love Boat.  

The Sand Pebbles

 

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